Wallace In 2nd: Best Daytona 500 Finish For Black Driver

By Dan Gelston, Associated Press

Darrell Wallace Jr greets fans as he is introduced before the NASCAR Daytona 500 Cup.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. let the weight of his milestone in the Daytona 500 wallop him once he saw mom. He sobbed as Desiree Wallace bounded onto the dais and wrapped her arms around her son for a hug neither wanted to end.

“You did that thing, baby ,” she said, sobbing. “I’m so proud of you. You have waited so long, baby.”

Wallace’s runner-up finish in the No. 43 Chevrolet to Austin Dillon in the Daytona 500 suddenly felt like a checkered flag.

“You act like we just won the race,” he said, laughing.

“We did win that race, baby. I love you. I’m so proud of you,” Desiree Wallace said.

“Dangit, mom!” Wallace said.

His brief moment of levity gave way to an embrace with his sister Brittany, who as child coined the “Bubba” nickname that has stuck to this day for Wallace.

“There’s no good story about it,” Brittany Wallace said, laughing.

Wallace bawled some more into a towel before he finally composed himself.

“Pull it together, bud. Pull it together,” he told himself. “You just finished second. It’s awesome.”

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Source:: Black America Web

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